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Report: Penguins to make play for Zach Parise

Jun 22, 2012, 9:07 PM EST

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It seems the Jordan Staal trade might have a domino effect within the Penguins organization.

With Staal gone and a defenseman likely to follow, Pittsburgh is reportedly maneuvering to make a pitch for Zach Parise when free agency opens on July 1.

Rob Rossi of the Tribune-Review reports that GM Ray Shero is trying to clear cap space to go after the Devils captain, who looks as though he’ll become unrestricted at the start of free agency.

Pittsburgh “will make play for Parise if they can move [Paul] Martin, just was told,” Rossi tweeted. “Team trying to clear space to find Crosby a winger.”

The Penguins project to have $10 million in cap space with Martin, $15 million without. Moving him may prove to be difficult, though — in addition to having a no-movement clause and a limited no-trade, Martin is coming off a disappointing year and his contract isn’t up until 2015.

  1. blackandyellow71 - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Shero is a pretty shrewd negotiator but I’ll be amazed if he can move Martin to anybody besides someone trying to get to the cap floor.

  2. heyzeus143 - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    move Martin – just do it

  3. eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Pierre Mcguire is a shill for the penguins !

    • kitshky - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      …and if that was true, how is that at all relevant to this story?

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 23, 2012 at 7:10 AM

        How is it relevant to this story you ask ? As soon as the Stall trade was made the stooge for the Penguins McGuirer went into a diatrod on how this puts the wheels in motion for Parise to go to Pittsburg and for the Penguins to be the greatest team to ever take the ice next season ! First off you drafted unproven players into the NHL who have never played a game which every team does on draft day but the stooge mcguire immediately called the Penguins a defensive monster for next season ! Secondly, the Penguins will not be the only player for Parise and lastly in all reality and if we go the proven commodity route it basically was Stall for Sutter right now, and in my opinion thats a lose for the Penguins but the shill mcguire made it sound like the Penguins just made the greatest move of all time ! It made cap space for now nothing more so thats how its relevant to the story MR. IRRELEVANT !

      • fbothharbaughs - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:37 AM

        @ kitshky… are you also wondering what the hell a “diatrod” is?

        ’75…

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:03 AM

        Its a rant or monologue for all you toothless pens fans wearing your camouflage gear to the draft !

      • fbothharbaughs - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM

        … & yet after all that explanation you still haven’t proven your “relevance” point, genius.

        i.e., your attempt to explain yourself is as relevant as Holmgren’s acquisition of Bryzgalov last year… you know, the missing piece to the Stanley Cup puzzle….

      • romandenari - Jun 23, 2012 at 7:36 PM

        It’s PittsburgH, not PittsburG Einstein…and Parise WILL go to the Pens cause he and Crosby are the best of friends, and Sydney wants him, providing Shero doesn’t want Suter first…who knows? maybe both end up in PITTSBURGH, where they both WANT TO BE.

    • raoool - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      a glance at the home page here seems to indicate ProHockeyTalk is a shill for the penguins

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      There have been only 10 sports franchise to file for bankruptcy and the the Pens are two of them !

      • kitshky - Jun 23, 2012 at 2:40 PM

        First of all ..I’m not a Pens fan.

        Secondly … you sure use a lot of words to not say anything.

        Third … don’t you mean diatribe?

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 23, 2012 at 4:18 PM

        No I don’t,,,, diatribe and diatrod two different meanings ! So I just said a little to teach you a lot ! NOW GIT !

      • kitshky - Jun 23, 2012 at 5:22 PM

        Diatrod – A passionate monologue, filled with ones personal view, ideology, politics or religious conviction.

        Diatribe – A forceful and bitter verbal attack against someone or something.

        I know the difference, I was saying you were in reality giving us a diatribe under the illusion of a diatrod. Learn some nuance you angry lil twit.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 23, 2012 at 5:35 PM

        Wow your smart

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 23, 2012 at 5:38 PM

        Now if you only knew the difference between twit and twat your old lady would be happier !

      • kitshky - Jun 23, 2012 at 5:39 PM

        … I know.

        (and it’s you’re)

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 23, 2012 at 5:44 PM

        Horribly weak comeback you gotta step up your game bro !

      • kitshky - Jun 23, 2012 at 5:49 PM

        Nah … I think I we both know I already got ya. I’ll leave the inexplicable “old lady” and “twat” references to you.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 23, 2012 at 5:55 PM

        Another weak comeback by you but you get a thumbs up for trying ! Take a deep breath,gather yourself ,lift some weights and get back to me when you get stronger !

  4. danphipps01 - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    So if they make a pass at Parise and fail, then who do they target? It’s clear they’re looking to sign another big-budget player who can put the puck on net, because that’s the second player in the last three days they’ve targetted for a big, long contract. First Staal, now they’re going for Parise. Count ‘em into the Bobby Ryan sweepstakes if that doesn’t work out, then? They clearly aren’t stopping ’till they get SOMEBODY.

    • raoool - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      perhaps someone named Nash?

  5. crosberries - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Huge parise fan love how he plays the game

  6. suckitny - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Don’t worry Pitt fans. He and Suter will both be playing anywhere BUT Pittsburgh…

    • dtob79 - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:31 AM

      Cool, I won’t worry!

    • romandenari - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      talk to us after you’re sober.

  7. ironcity6pak - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Just make this happen!!

  8. lordfletcher - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    No chance Pitts lands Parise.

    they simply can’t afford him unless he takes a massive discount. Parise will get an offer from Minnesota that is around $8million per year…

    • danphipps01 - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:53 PM

      So the bottom line here is, if he wants the Cup more than a bloated contract, Minnesota’s officially out of the race. I mean, come on – the Pens are closer to their next title than the Wild. If he wants the title more than the paycheque, the Pens are pretty close to the best option he’s gonna get. He shot down New York, Philly needs defense and goaltending more than scoring, and between Detroit and Pittsburgh, I’m going with the younger team.

      • paperkid96 - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:37 PM

        Not sure the younger team is Pittsburgh anymore. Difference between the two teams in average age was about 9 months for ’11-12 season. With Lidstrom, Stuart, and likely Holmstrom gone. I would say younger team might reside in the D.

      • polegojim - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:14 AM

        That’s a static mind for you… last year the ave age diff between Red Wings and Pens was less than a year!

        Detroit isn’t aging in place any longer and has been getting younger year by year.

      • jrmehle - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:47 AM

        What Parise wants most is to win a Cup. Minnesota isn’t there yet even with Parise, but there’s a load of high quality prospects who are all getting ready to infuse the lineup with talent starting this coming season. There is no doubt in my mind that Minnesota can offer everything Parise is looking for in a team. Great fan base to play in front of. He’d be the hometown boy who is the face of the franchise. The Wild can afford to pay him a king’s ransom for his salary. You can’t say he won’t give them a serious consideration.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:37 PM

      I never said he was going to the Wild you assume what I am trying to say…

      No, I am saying he will have better offers on the table in currency. Sure the Pens is a great option for winning, but who knows. Anything can happen!

      • polegojim - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:08 AM

        Hey Lord – do you remember which sweater he’s going to look great in?

      • lordfletcher - Jun 23, 2012 at 2:08 AM

        @ polegojim

        what in the F did you just say???!

        Clown! LOLOLOLZ

      • polegojim - Jun 23, 2012 at 8:28 PM

        You heard me….. cmon – say it, just say it.

    • chalkywater - Jun 23, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      We have PLENTY of money to afford him now.

    • steelcity412 - Jun 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

      praise wants to play for a cup contender so its very possible that he would take a small pay cut to go to pittsburgh because the wild are far away from being a contender

  9. hockeyfan28 - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Well the guy had to do something their arch rival keeps beating their brains in anymore only problem is Fleury sees that Flyers symbol and his sleep.

  10. bensawesomeness - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Realistically, there are 30 teams in the NHL who’d love to have Suter or Parise, about 15 who can realistically afford one or both, and 10 that actually have a shot. After that, it’s anyone’s guess who they’ll pick.

  11. dtob79 - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Uh, the Pens have about $14 mil in cap space now. Crosby’s annual salary bump isn’t going to be much, they have plenty to offer Parise a big money deal.

  12. Doesnotmatter - Jun 23, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    How about getting a decent back up for Fleury? Or a competent D-man? Run and gun style game doesn’t even win you championships in the NBA anymore. Kings, Devils, Yotes, Bruins, Caps….They scored, played great defense and had hot goalies. And they had success. And will have.

    • iamcanadian87 - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:31 AM

      A decent backup for Fleury? You mean like proven goaltender Tomas Vokoun? Jackass.

      • Doesnotmatter - Jun 24, 2012 at 11:17 PM

        lol, relax, man. I forgot the Pens signed Vokoun.

      • Doesnotmatter - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:30 AM

        On the other hand the proven goaltender Tomas Vokoun is 35 already and had a tough season with the Caps. I hope this works out for the Pens. Its tough to be a goalie on a team that doesn’t play defense. Look at Bryzgalov.

  13. xjokerz - Jun 23, 2012 at 6:03 AM

    More spam for pathetic little penguin fans to get all joyful about …. Crosby one hit away from his career being done. Can’t wait for krownwall to knock him out w one swift hit. Anyway. Parise to Detroit

    • iamcanadian87 - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:33 AM

      Everyone in the NHL is potentially one hit away from retirement. To wish that on someone is pathetic though.

    • romandenari - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:56 PM

      Parise to Detroit makes about as much sense as the other garbage you spew. If anyone’s pathetic, look in the mirror.

  14. murtdurt - Jun 23, 2012 at 6:20 AM

    Is it just me or are Detroit fans becoming almost as ignorant as Philly fans on this site? And that’s a close almost…

    • melonheadsdaddy - Jun 23, 2012 at 7:58 AM

      As it pertains to us Philadelphia fans, I believe you meant “knowledgable”. Not ignorant. Ignorance is considered a lack of knowledge, and the last time I checked us Philadelphians have a pretty good grasp on all four sports…albeit we might come off a little brash, but it’s because we care. All the time. No matter what. #passionate.

      “der duh der, 1975, blah blah blah…”

  15. martysbetter - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Lou is meeting with Zach’s agent on Monday, calm down. He will join the list of career Devils like Marty and Patty – who have each been repaid for their dedication to the franchise with multiple cups.

  16. zaksyuk - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    wait so you get blown out of the playoffs because of horrible defense and goaltending and you think trading away your defense and getting parise is going to solve that problem? Well now thats just remarkable ! They should go after suter not parise imo

    • chalkywater - Jun 23, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      Suter has said he does not want to an Eastern Conference team.

      • chalkywater - Jun 23, 2012 at 1:34 PM

        go to*

      • zaksyuk - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:50 AM

        i know buddy i wake up to this website everyday lol im just sayin dont the pens have enough offense? Offense clearly wasnt the problem in the playoffs

    • iamcanadian87 - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:34 AM

      Calm down. We are still early on in Shero’s master plan.

  17. tonyromoisterrible - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Crosby would have to give up the C to the better player.

    • handsofsweed - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      You mean Malkin, right?

  18. garagehero1 - Jun 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Parise has already said to confidential sources that he doesnt want to play on the east coast anymore. He would look pretty in Kings jersey.

    • raoool - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:15 PM

      ooo. confidential sources. what other secrets did your magic 8-ball tell you?

      • Doesnotmatter - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:56 AM

        The Kings have the cap space. Penner won’t be resigned unless he takes a huge pay cut, so there is room for an LW on the Kings’ roster. Pittsburgh, LA, New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, Detroit……I’m thinking he stays in New Jersey but if he doesn’t its likely a battle between Pittsburgh, LA and Detroit.

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